News and Events

The Fall Graduate Open House is on Friday, October 9th from 1:30 - 6pm. Please RSVP by clicking here.


Posted on 08/25/2015 by Michael Brick

On September 18, 2015, the MAPP community lost a wonderful and valued colleague, mentor and friend, William “Bill” Hanna. Bill, who retired last year, was a 35-year veteran of UMD’s Urban Studies and Planning Program and a lively, sharp presence within the school and community. He is remembered for his fierce dedication to his students and his tireless activism for vulnerable and immigrant populations in Maryland communities.

Posted on 09/30/2015 by David Cronrath

Support beyond Graduation Day: MAPP Career Services for Students and Alumni


Posted on 09/30/2015 by David Cronrath

New partnership aims to put education to work for a more sustainable county

Posted on 09/02/2015 by Maggie Haslam

NCSG Researchers say planning for uncertainties key to a more thriving state

Posted on 09/02/2015 by Maggie Haslam

This fall brings an exciting and eclectic group of artists, educators and experts to the MAPP auditorium to share their perspectives and experience with students, faculty and alumni. All lectures are free and open to the public. We hope you'll join us!


B.D. Wortham-Galvin
Assistant Professor, Architecture, College of the Arts | Portland State University
Architecture as a Verb: Design Practice is Cultural Practice
Wednesday, September 9, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Lombardo Architecture Lecture


Posted on 09/01/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Partnership with Howard County, Maryland and Columbia Association yields 31 courses campus-wide.

Posted on 08/27/2015 by David Cronrath

“Opportunity Maps” integral to first-ever regional plan

Posted on 06/08/2015 by David Cronrath

UMD students present year-end sustainability projects to College Park, City of Frederick for UMD’s Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

Posted on 06/08/2015 by Maggie Haslam

New PALS partnership contributes to vibrant college town vision

Posted on 05/21/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Virtual classroom with St. Petersburg, Russia connects students in the study of global economies

Posted on 05/11/2015 by Maggie Haslam

UMD students’ “fearless design” takes first place at “Interdisciplinary Super Bowl” two years running at the ULI Hines Competition

Posted on 04/10/2015 by David Cronrath


In March, researchers and faculty from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the National Center for Smart Growth traveled to Paris for a three-day exploration of the changes and challenges facing the world’s metropolises. Co-sponsored by the NCSG, the event was the second part of a bilateral international seminar on urban transit issues and development. The group first met last fall in Washington, D.C.

Posted on 04/06/2015 by David Cronrath

University sustainability program connects University assets with city challenges

Posted on 02/27/2015 by David Cronrath

New UMD Report from the National Center for Smart Growth points to education, infrastructure, affordable housing for Maryland's economic success

Posted on 03/29/2015 by David Cronrath

TERPS make “the final four” at the 2015 ULI-Gerald Hines Student Urban Design Competition

Posted on 03/05/2015 by Maggie Haslam

Last month, D.C. residents elected MAPP’s own Elissa Silverman, a graduate student in the Urban Studies and Planning Program, to the At-Large Seat of the Washington, D.C. City Council. After narrowly losing a seat in her first council campaign in 2013, Elissa won her second election handily, capturing 12% of the vote in an unusually large pool of 15 candidates. Once more, she did so without any corporate campaign contributions, a feat not often seen in a city like Washington.

Posted on 02/06/2015 by Maggie Haslam

MOST Center funded by a five-year grant from the National Dish and Wildlife Foundation

Posted on 12/09/2014 by Maggie Haslam

To stimulate economic development and job creation, state and local governments should target incentives to specific “employment centers” that have the greatest growth potential and regional accessibility, recommends a pair of studies by the University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG).

Posted on 12/09/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Inaugural year of the “PALS” program launches in Frederick, Maryland

Posted on 09/25/2014 by Maggie Haslam

This summer, Urban Studies and Planning graduate student Chelsie Miller led seven high school students from around the region on a six-week internship to help the City of College Park create safer streets using Geographic Information Systems technology. Named “Building Communities through Technology,” the internship provided students an unparalleled experience combining skill acquisition and community service.

Posted on 08/20/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Urban Studies and Planning Program Graduate Student David Do has been named the new Director of Washington, D.C.’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA). D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced David’s new role last week, saying, “I welcome David’s enthusiasm and am delighted to have him join our team. David will be instrumental in working with the AAPI community on behalf of my Administration to deliver a fresh start for the District’s residents.”

Posted on 02/06/2015 by Maggie Haslam

The annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, March 27, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Great Space. The Career fair is a great opportunity for students and employers to network and connect for internships and post-graduate employment.


If your firm is interested in participating, please visit this website to register.

Posted on 02/13/2015 by Maggie Haslam
Mar 5, 2015
8:00 PM
ARC 0204

Lecture Title: "Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City"

Dr. George Galster, Clarence Hilberry, Professor of Urban Affairs

Wayne State University

Posted on 01/27/2015 by Kathy Thorne

Purple Line Community Compact will create a plan for vibrant economic development and community preservation

Posted on 09/30/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Students and Faculty to Provide City Officials a Preview of Coursework September 24th


Posted on 09/10/2014 by Maggie Haslam

EFC’s Work in Oxford Hailed a Case Study in “Consensus on Climate Change” by International Policy Digest

Posted on 08/24/2014 by David Cronrath

50,000 hours of student work will help the City of Frederick


Posted on 09/08/2014 by David Cronrath

Grant will fund continued economic development assistance for Maryland communities

Posted on 09/08/2014 by Anonymous

The third annual Code for Community Competition to create a mobile or web based app to meet a community need begins in Spring 2015. In Fall 2014, a 1 credit Community App Development Course (CPSP 249T Section 0201) to help develop programming skills is being offered. Course registration is not required to compete in the Spring. Further information about the Competition and the Course can be found at

Posted on 06/24/2014 by Fabian Gomez

Makeover Montgomery 2 | Moving Forward Montgomery
May 8-10, 2014
A Three-Day planning conference examining the changing face of Montgomery County communities and suburbs across the country

Posted on 05/01/2014 by Maggie Haslam


Posted on 08/11/2014 by Maggie Haslam

“Video Wall” project explores challenges and opportunities of planning for an increasingly diverse society


Posted on 07/23/2014 by Maggie Haslam
Aug 27, 2014
3:45 PM
Location varies

New graduate students take a tour with their colleagues and faculty to various sites of interst in the region. 

Posted on 07/15/2014 by Kathy Thorne

Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability puts the University to work for Maryland Communities

Posted on 03/06/2014 by Molly O'Connell

A recently-released report for Planetizen ranks the University of Maryland’s Urban Studies and Planning Program (URSP) in the top 10 of all U.S. graduate planning programs, in terms of cited faculty publications per capita.

Posted on 05/29/2014 by Maggie Haslam

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) has tapped Assistant Research Professor Dr. Scott Dempwolf to develop an innovation network model that will be at the heart of the Illinois Science & Technology Roadmap, the first data-driven study of Illinois’ innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Roadmap is to create a shared understanding of Illinois’ position and potential in science and technology, and to leverage the state’s science and technology assets to accelerate innovation driven economic growth.

Posted on 05/06/2014 by Maggie Haslam

The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Uri Avin, Research Professor and Director of the Planning and Design Center at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) a Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant.  He received the grant for his dual project “Implementing Statewide Planning Reforms – Opportunities for Collaboration between Maryland and Israel,” with Haifa University, and “Statewide Sustainability Planning,” with Tel Aviv University.

Posted on 05/06/2014 by Maggie Haslam

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation's Spring Commencement will take place on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 12:00pm in Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

There is no limit on the number of guests attending, and no tickets will be distributed for the School ceremony.

Posted on 03/05/2014 by Christine Hinojosa

The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Dr. Marie Howland a $12,000 Global Classroom Initiative Grant to develop a new cross-continental blended learning course in economics and urban planning. The course, developed with Russian colleague Professor Leonid Limonov of St.

Posted on 03/03/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Over 260 community stakeholders met at the University of Maryland last month to forge a roadmap for creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods along the Purple Line, MTA’s proposed light rail system that will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Posted on 04/03/2014 by Maggie Haslam

Minnesota Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, the driving force behind the successful Twin Cities light rail system, will headline an impressive roster of speakers for the Purple Line Corridor Coalition’s (PLCC) upcoming workshop, “Beyond the Tracks: Community Development in the Purple Line Corridor.”


Posted on 03/06/2014 by Molly O'Connell

Studio Report Envisions a Different Future for Baltimore’s Historic Westside

Posted on 02/06/2014 by Molly O'Connell

Samuel J. LeFrak lecture series celebrates 30 years of examining urban studies and the built environment

Posted on 01/07/2014 by Paul Brown, III
Oct 31, 2013
12:00 PM
ARC 1213

Dr. Wachs will examine the crisis of transportation finance in relation to planning and policy. He will review the current debate as to the role of taxes and tolls as a means to meet the challenges facing our current and future transportation network and infrastructure. The Seminar will provide an additional opportunity to discuss with Dr. Wachs the issues raised during his lecture.

Posted on 01/08/2014 by Paul Brown, III